Update from Vietnam!

Hello everyone! So considering this is the one and only shot I’ll have at wifi, I wanted to take a second to let everyone know that I’ll be MIA for the next couple weeks. I’m currently in Ho Chi Ming City and will be heading up to Da Nang tomorrow to coach soccer and teach English for the next three weeks…so obviously the blog isn’t my priority till I get back home August 11th. I can’t wait to write about it when I get home and share all kinds of photos!

{Weekly Words} Time Stands Still

Like the mornings that involve a massive cup of coffee, my balcony, and sweatpants. Especially with the new balcony facing east and having the sun on my face, pre-practice, before the craziness of the day starts.

Like the ordinary life that includes making eggs with the boy, where he’s making me die laughing over something ridiculous and to be honest I can’t even remember what he said but I remember the moment perfectly. An ordinary morning but turns into something burned into your memory.

Or in some of the moments I love the most, driving around the state of Iowa. Watching the small towns and the clouds roll by. If people say they hate long car rides or road tripping, they need to take a trip through the Midwest. The 50 pictures I have of clouds of my phone attempt to do it justice, but never quite will.

Find Week One here, Week Two here, Week Three here, Week Four here

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Pinstripes and Lipgloss {Interview}

Thanks to Taylor Yates for agreeing to provide lauren elyse CAN with an interview!Taylor’s blog, Pinstripes and Lipgloss, and has been one of my favorite blogs since joining the Her Campus Blogger Network, and she never fails to write hilarious lifestyle posts!

What made you want to start a blog last year?
I love to write, but my major doesn’t require a lot of writing. I’d missed writing, and I was looking for a way to write outside of my studies. I saw a friend’s blog, and decided that blogging seemed like a good way to express myself. My blog started as a journal of sorts. I’d write sporadically and on random things. This December, I decided to get serious and actually give my blog a proper name and a focus. And here I am!

Why did you decide to study business?
It was haphazard, really. I originally wanted to be an English major and then go to law school, but when I heard about the University of Pennsylvania’s business school, I thought that an undergrad in business would be more useful and a great foundation for law. I applied and was accepted, and about a year in, I realized I loved business and dropped the law thing entirely.

Could you name your favorite and least favorite thing about college?
My favorite thing about college is how much it has exposed me to the world. I come from a small town in Wyoming, and so moving to the middle of Philadelphia and attending a huge university has been an amazing experience. I’ve met people from so many diverse backgrounds and gotten to experience a city very different from my own. It’s hard to come up with a least favorite thing, but I would say that my least favorite thing about college is that it’s one step closer to the real world. Sometimes I stop and realize that I’m about two years from graduating, living on my own, and making major life decisions. It’s exciting but it’s also scary!

What about your favorite and least favorite things about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is building relationships, not just with my readers, but with other bloggers. It’s an amazing feeling when you post something personal and someone comments with their own personal story. I love connecting with my readers and learning from amazing bloggers. My least favorite thing is probably how hard it is to get out there and get readership. Some days I feel like I have all this amazing content, but no one’s reading it, and it can be really frustrating. I just tell myself it’s not a numbers game, and that once you start looking at the numbers, you stop focusing on producing great content.

What’s a hobby you’ve always wanted to get into?
I mentioned this recently on my blog actually, but I’d really like to learn how to cook better. I can do basic things well, but I’d like to learn actual techniques. I think cooking is a timeless skill, and I’d love to learn myself so I can teach my family someday.

What’s a goal you’re working on now?
This is a little vague, but my biggest goal right now is improving my readership and my blog as a whole. I’m working on a redesign as well as collaborating with other bloggers and with companies as well. I’m also in the process of setting some tangible, more specific goals for where I want my blog to go.

{Weekly Words} Work Hard In Silence

You know those people who go to the gym, take a gazillion selfies, and blast them all over Instagram? Or the one who always complains about how hot and sweaty their run was in Twitter…this is for those people.

Whether this applies to fitness, studying, or just good habits like drinking water, loudly sharing your actions with the world does nothing to being you closer to your goals. Whether you put your five mile run on social media or not, it’s still a 5 mile run. It’s still an accomplishment. It’s still progress.

The number of times your feet hit the pavement is more important that the number of likes or shares you get. 100% of the time. Getting two dozens likes does not bring you closer to your goal. Getting the workout done does.

Work hard in silence, let success be your noise. Let your hard work show when the time is right. Put your nose to the grind and work your ass off for whatever it is that you want to accomplish in the world. Do not turn outwards for external validation that what you’re doing is “right” or “wrong” or what you “should” be doing. Do whatever the crap you want and what you put in will be what you out of it.

Find Week One here, Week Two here, Week Three here

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Fitness as a Balancing Act {Guest Post}

Thanks to Alicen Ronan for guest posting today on lauren elyse CAN! Here’s a quick bio…

“In 2005 I realized that my lifestyle had led to being overweight and unhappy. Through exercise, eating and lifestyle changes I was able to lose 60 pounds over the course of the next two years. In 2009 I became a certified personal trainer so I could help others make improvements in their lives. You can find me at Former Fitness Flunky where I share my experience and knowledge about fitness and food. You can also follow me on Twitter or find me on Facebook and Pinterest too!”

I will be the first one to admit that, even as a fitness professional, I am not perfect when it comes to fitness. There are days when I am too busy or tired to exercise, too hungry to cook a nutritious meal or I give into a craving or two and get a little derailed. The thing about fitness though is that it’s really more of a balancing act that anything. While some specific situations, like training for competition, require strict dedication, general fitness is flexible and forgiving – which is good news for many of us.

So how do you make the most of balancing fitness with the rest of your life? My best advice is create a set of parameters for your eating and exercise goals. Personally, I like to aim for 80% or more of my meals to be nutritionally sound based on my health needs and goals and I get some form of exercise at least 4 days of the week. I use the 20% or about 1 out of every 5 meals to indulge if I so choose and the remaining 3 days to rest, relax or just get other stuff done.

I like this approach because it takes the pressure off of trying to strive for perfection. It allows for some “cheat” meals or days of rest when you need it, but it also gives you some guidelines to help keep you in check. When I have taken two days off of exercise or have had one too many beers I know I am cruising towards throwing myself off of the fitness path I want to be on and I readjust accordingly.

In your specific situation you may want to adjust the parameters – perhaps making 90% of your meals nutritionally balanced while you allow yourself 10% leeway. Maybe you feel better when you exercise 5 days a week or more. The point is to create a routine that allows you to be fit without beating yourself up because you aren’t “perfect”. Balancing fitness with the rest of your life shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a fluid goal that changes with your needs. As long as you stay aware of the guidelines you have set up for yourself you can allow yourself a little breathing room which I hope takes some of the pressure off of trying to be fit.

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